I have the same issues, gel can be very drying! Many curlies layer products for that reason. I found that using flaxseed gel, a jelly product, a serum-like product or a curl creme after your leave-in but before your gel helps with dryness issues. Plus, depending on the gel, I only need about 2 dime sized blobs for my below bsl hair.

Do you have any of those products in your arsenal? Let me know if you need some examples
Upper Michigan Dews
3a ~ Fine ~ High Porosity ~ Normal Density

NoPoo: JC Cleansing Cream
Rinse Outs: SS:PRT, CJ Repair Me, CJ Argan
Detangler: KCKT
Leave-in: CJ Repair me
Stylers: UFDCM, BRHG
Refreshers: Batiste (dry shampoo) on the roots & UFDCM everywhere else

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